Climate Change "Teach-In" on Thursday, February 5

01/29/2009

Contributed by Marian Brown

On Thursday, February 5, in the Emerson Suites of Campus Center, Ithaca College will host a daylong "Teach-In" on the political, social, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change.

Join us to learn from faculty experts and community and government leaders about the issues of global climate change. Learn about efforts underway to respond to climate change on campus, in the local community, and on a national and international basis.

Faculty are asked to consider encouraging student attendance at and participation in "Teach-In" sessions, through class attendance or by offering extra credit to student participants.

Climate Change "Teach-In" Schedule

Thursday, February 5
(Emerson Suite B, Campus Center)

9:25-10:40 a.m.
"Ithaca College's Plan to Achieve Carbon Neutrality"
Speakers: Beth Ellen Clark Joseph and Susan Swensen

10:50 a.m.-noon
"Tompkins County's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Element of the Comprehensive Plan"
Read This GHGE Element Plan
"President Obama's National Energy and Climate Action Plans"
Speakers: Rob McKenna, Energy Strategies; Beth Ellen Clark Joseph; and Marlene Barken

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Sustainability Café: "You Can't Have Sustainability without Social Justice"
Speaker: Scott Perez, indigenous and environmental studies, Wells College
Free refreshments sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services

1:10-2:25 p.m.
"Global Business and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities"
Speakers: Joseph Cheng, Mark Cordano, and Raquib Zaman, School of Business

2:35-3:50 p.m.
"United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)"
Speaker: Ithaca College delegates to the 2008 UNFCCC in Poland
Guest Speaker: Selwin Hart *

4:00-5:15 p.m.
"Global Warming and Social Justice: Alternative Scenarios"
Guest Speaker: Selwin Hart *

7:00 p.m.
Film screening: The Carbon Connection
With moderated panel discussion, featuring Tom Shevory, Bill Kolberg, and Beth Clark Joseph
Cosponsored by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and the Voices from the Waters Film Festival, Bangalore, India

Throughout the "Teach-In," additional displays and interactive activities will be offered in the Emerson Lounge.

* Selwin Hart will be a featured presenter during the last two regular sessions of the day. Hart is the secretary of the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations and the coordinator of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWGLTCA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Two related events will be held earlier that same week:

This Climate Change Teach-In event is being held in conjunction with the National Teach-In on Global Warming being held during the beginning of the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Ithaca College is one of over 500 institutions participating in this national event. The National Teach-In on Global Warming intends to engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue, stating that "as educators, students, and citizens, we owe our nation a focused conversation about the critical decisions that will determine if our descendants will inherit a prosperous or an impoverished planet."

All "Teach-In" events are free and open to the public.

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